This report "analyzes how behaviors are categorized under sometimes-arbitrary offense categories, explores the larger context that exists when something is classified as a violent or nonviolent offense, and shows the consequences for the justice system and the use of incarceration. This report also looks at how the debate over justice approaches to violent crime, nonviolent crime, and incarceration is playing out in legislatures and how justice reform proposals are debated " (p. 4). Access is provided to the full report, Summary, Data Summary, State Summary and Crime Victims and Justice Reform Fact Sheet.
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Defining Violence: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America's Approach to Violence